Archive for February, 2017

4th Annual Valent Ice Winter Festival 2017

Sears Architects sponsored the 2017 Valent-ICE Festival in downtown Grand Rapids.


Valent-ICE is a winter ice festival celebrating why we choose to live in Michigan. Why do we live in Michigan? It’s because the ice and snow is beautiful and amazing! For the past three years, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) has organized a gallery of ice sculptures throughout the Downtown with The Food Network’s Ice Guru Randy Finch.

Valent-ICE has emerged as one of Michigan’s top 5 ice festivals in the state of Michigan bringing in the state’s largest ice bar, a 6,000lb community voted sculpture and 50+ sculptures Downtown. The event brings  together 40+ businesses, 20+ community partners and 10 sponsors bringing in over 8,000 attendees.

Ice Closeup

This year, DGRI’s goal is to involve even more of the community, adding more Valent-ICE activities, sculptures, and local businesses showcasing just how much there is to love about Downtown, even during the cold winter months.

For more information on this event, and all the activities planned, please click here.